Third Early Career Scientist Workshop Brings International Group to Mt. Etna, Italy

The Third DCO Early Career Scientist Workshop took place on the flanks of Mt. Etna volcano in Sicily, Italy, from 28 August – 2 September 2017. The workshop brought together more than 60 early career scientists from 16 countries and 46 different institutions for a week of talks, poster sessions, and field trips.

Scientists gathered at the Hotel Biancaneve in the town of Nicolosi, from which participants could watch Etna’s activity at all hours of the day. For some participants, spending time on an active volcano was a completely new experience, but for others, it was business as usual. The variety in the disciplines and the backgrounds of the participants is one of the strengths of the DCO Early Career Scientist workshops, with microbiologists learning from volcanologists, geochemists from geodynamicists, and all combinations in between.

As in previous years (see reports from the 2014 and 2015 DCO Early Career Scientist Workshops), the scientific program focused on the variety of expertise brought to the table. Everyone shared a short “lightning” talk about their work, making sure to communicate across scientific community boundaries. And in a fun but engaging way, several participants embraced the mass of an elephant as a unifying scale to think about quantities of elements or minerals on Earth.





“It was incredible hosting this group of multi-disciplinary, and multi-talented, scientists in my home of Sicily,” said Stagno. “I can’t wait to see what happens next for this group as we collaborate and move the field of deep carbon science forward.”

Lead workshop organizer Vincenzo Stagno (Sapienza University of Rome, Italy) invited several researchers from local research institutes at Palermo (Universita degli studi di Palermo and INGV Palermo) and Catania (INGV Catania), to the workshop, who generously shared their time and expertise to educate the group on Etna’s eruptive capabilities, history, and geochemical settings. Boris Behnke (INGV Catania), for example, ended his talk with a vibrant video montage of Etna erupting, and the next day led a fascinating field trip to the summit of the volcano. Unfortunately the participants did not reach the crater’s edge, however, co-organizer Peter Barry (University of Oxford, UK) managed to capture some incredible footage using a drone-mounted camera, which can be seen below.

During a second field trip, participants visited the mud volcanoes of Paterno’ with guide Salvatore Giammanco (INGV Catania). The second trip afforded the opportunity to collect samples for studying deep carbon degassing and microbial activity in these active geological settings. 



The last morning of the workshop included a series of breakout sessions and group discussions led by Task Force 2020’s (TF2020) Beth Orcutt (Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA) and Antonio Costa (INGV Bologna, Italy). This TF2020 “mini workshop” helped identify how DCO can best support early career researchers after the program culminates in 2019, and investigated new avenues for multi-disciplinary science focused on volatile cycling on Earth and other planets.

The organizing committee, Vincenzo Stagno, Giancarlo Tamburello (INGV Bologna, Italy), Peter Barry, Valerio Cerantola (ESRF, France), Melitza Crespo-Medina (Inter-American University of Puerto Rico), Tobias Keller  (Stanford University, USA), Riikka Kietäväinen (Geological Survey of Finland), and Katie Pratt (University of Rhode Island, USA) all played a significant role in the success of the workshop. They would like to thank Veronica Stopponi and Marco Caruso (Sapienza Univerisity of Rome, Italy) for their tireless assistance, as well as generous sponsorship from the DCO, Thermo Fisher Scientific, West Systems, CarboPAT, INGV, the town of Nicolosi, and the Italian Society of Mineralogy and Petrology.



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Organizing Committee
Vincenzo Stagno, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Giancarlo Tamburello, INGV Bologna, Italy
Peter Barry, University of Oxford, UK
Valerio Cerantola, ESRF, France
Melitza Crespo-Medina, Inter-American University of Puerto Rico
Tobias Keller, Stanford University, USA
Riikka Kietäväinen, Geological Survey of Finland
Katie Pratt, University of Rhode Island, USA
Local Contributors
Boris Behncke, INGV Catania, Italy
Pierangelo Romano, Universita degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Gilda Currenti, INGV Catania, Italy
Salvatore Giammanco, INGV Catania, Italy
Gaetano Giudice, INGV Palermo, Italy
Fausto Grassa, INGV Palermo, Italy
Marco Liuzzo, INGV Palermo, Italy
Marco Neri, INGV Catania, Italy
Andrea Rizzo, INGV Palermo, Italy
Sponsor Representatives
Leonardo Coppo, West Systems
Doug Hamilton, Thermo Fisher Scientific
Task Force 2020 Representatives
Beth Orcutt, Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences, USA
Antonio Costa, INGV Bologna, Italy
Karthik Anantharaman, University of California Berkeley, USA
Armando Azua, Centro de Astrobiología, CSIC, Spain
Omar Bartoli, Padova University, Italy
Patrick Beaudry, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Nina Bellot, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Nicole Biedermann, European XFEL GmbH, Germany
Marshall Bowles, LUMCON, USA
Sara Burness, University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa
Enrico Cannao, University of Milan, Italy
Marco Caruso, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Nestor Cerpa, University of Oxford, UK
Artem Chanyshev, V. S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Russia
Stella Chariton, Bayerisches Geoinstitut, Germany
Cansu Culha, Stanford University, USA
Roberto D’Aleo, Université degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Jasmeet Dhaliwal, Penn State University, USA
Rosario Esposito, University of California Los Angeles, USA
Sebastian Facq, University of Cambridge, UK
Ery Hughes, University of Bristol, UK
Artur Ionescu, Babes-Bolyai University, Romania
Rosie Jones, University of Oxford, UK
Eun Jeong Kim, Seoul National University, Republic of Korea
Maria Kolesnichenko, V. S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Russia
Joao Lages, Université degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Lorenzo Lagostina, ETH Zurich, Switzerland
Maggie Lau, Princeton University, USA
William Leavitt, Dartmouth College, USA
Nagissa Mahmoudi, Harvard University, USA
Naira Martirosyan, V. S. Sobolev Institute of Geology and Mineralogy, Russia
Katharine Maussen, Université Libre de Bruxelles, Belgium
Heather Miller, Michigan State University, USA
Quin Miller, University of Wyoming, USA
Lily Momper, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA
Davide Novella, University of Cambridge, UK
Ileana Pérez-Rodríguez, University of Pennsylvania, USA
Mattia Pistone, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
Lotta Purkamo, University of St. Andrews, UK
Maija Raudsepp, University of Queensland, Australia
Brandi Reese, Texas A&M University, USA
Emil Ruff, University of Calgary, Canada
Micha Ruhl, University of Oxford, UK
Cody Sheik, University of Minnesota Duluth, USA
Veronica Stopponi, Sapienza University of Rome, Italy
Renbiao Tao, Carnegie Institution for Science, USA
Meng Tian, University of Oxford, UK
Mikael Tillberg, Linnaeus University, Sweden
Elizabeth Trembath-Reichert, MBL/WHOI, USA
Benjamin Tutolo, University of Calgary, Canada
Leighton Watson, Stanford University, USA
Yaakov Weiss, LDEO Columbia University, USA
Sabin Zahirovic, University of Sydney, Australia

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